NORTH EAST COUNCIL ON ADDICTIONS
Job Title Alcohol Misuse Partnership Link Worker, National Probation Service
Location National Probation Service offices throughout Newcastle / South of Tyne
NECA Office base Newcastle.
NECA reserves the right to change the postholder’s place of work.
Line Manager Project Manager.
Other Key National Probation Service staff teams in relevant offices. Also other
Working NECA services, relevant substance misuse services, DAT’s, Community
Relationships Substance Misuse Teams, Other health professionals, other Tier 2/3
Purpose of Job To work directly with individuals living with alcohol problems, to meet
client needs which respect individuality and diversity. This will be
achieved in partnership with the National Probation Service, providing
initial assessment, brief interventions and onward referral where
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Planning and Development of the Service inline with NECA Policies
To provide brief interventions to clients with alcohol problems.
To promote health and healthy lifestyles by providing information and education.
To engage those clients who are ambivalent to change.
To work closely with National Probation service staff who act as the referral source.
To establish and maintain strong links with existing service providers and referral agents in
To work with clients in Probation offices, liaising and networking with a range of
professionals and organisations to provide interventions which are productive and user
Quality Assurance-Monitoring and Evaluation
To be familiar with and work to quality assurance standards including QuADS, DANOS,
Models of Care and any other standards relevant to the Service.
To continually monitor and review the Service in line with NECA policies and procedures.
To ensure that all client files are up to date and accurate and to provide client information to
To evaluate the Service assimilating feedback from service users, service partners and team
NECA aim to offer a quality service at all times and are committed to promoting continual
improvement throughout all services delivered. All staff are expected to share this aim and
contribute towards upholding and enhancing further the standard and quality of service
delivered throughout NECA.
Staff and Supervision
To seek and accept line management supervision on a regular basis from the Manager, and
to attend training courses as required, in line with professional development needs.
Attend and contribute to team meetings and any other relevant group or forum, related to the
duties and responsibilities of the post.
To undertake any other task which may be deemed appropriate to the post
Limits On Authority
Issues relating to NECA Business may only be communicated to external bodies with the
permission of the Line Manager
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Role Profile - Units of national occupational standards
AA1: Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
AB2: Support individuals who are substance users
AB3: Contribute to the prevention and management of abusive and aggressive behaviour
AB5: Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users
AC3: Contribute to the development of the knowledge and practice of others
AD1: Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects
AD4: Develop and disseminate information and advice about substance use, health and
AF1: Carry out screening and referral assessment
AF2: Carry out assessment to identify and prioritise needs
AF3: Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment
AG1: Develop, implement and review care plans for individuals
AG2: Contribute to care planning and review
AG3: Assist with the transfer of individuals between agencies and services
AH10: Employ techniques to help individuals to adopt sensible drinking behaviour
AI2: Help individuals address their substance use through an action plan
AJ1: Help individuals address their offending behaviour
AJ2: Enable individuals to change their offending behaviour
BA3: Contribute to the development of organisational policy and practice
BC4: Assure your organisation delivers quality services
BE4: Supplying information for management control
BE6: Preparing reports and returns
CfA311: Plan, organise and support meetings
GEN21: Interact with individuals using telecommunications
GEN36: Make use of supervision
GEN48: Promote your organisation and its services to stakeholders
HSC22: Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals
HSC31: Promote effective communication for and about individuals
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HSC32: Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the working
HSC33: Reflect on and develop your practice
HSC35: Promote choice, well-being and the protection of all individuals
HSC225: Support individuals to undertake and monitor their own health care
HSC226: Support individuals who are distressed
HSC233: Relate to and interact with individuals
HSC330: Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
HSC335: Contribute to the protection of individuals from harm and abuse
HSC347: Help individuals to access employment
HSC348: Help individuals to access learning, training and development opportunities
HSC387: Work in collaboration with carers in the caring role
HSC388: Relate to families, parents and carers
HSC395: Contribute to assessing and act upon risk of danger, harm and abuse
HSC433: Develop joint working agreements and practices and review their effectiveness
HSC3100: Participate in inter-disciplinary team working to support individuals
HSC3111: Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals
HSC3115: Receive, analyse, process, use and store information
LLUK L10: Enable learning through presentations
LLUK L13: Enable group learning
M&L A3: Develop your personal networks
M&L B8: Ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, ethical and social requirements.
M&L D1: Develop productive working relationships with colleagues
M&L D6: Allocate and monitor the progress and quality of work in your area of responsibility
M&L E6: Ensure health and safety requirements are met in your area of responsibility
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Person Specification – Essential Criteria
Equality and Diversity Practices
Awareness of the current Probation Service provisions to engage people with alcohol misuse
A clear understanding of the Criminal Justice System, in relation to the client group
Knowledge of counselling models and approaches
Knowledge of appropriate assessment methods for this client group
Understanding of issues relating to alcohol use
Understanding of social exclusion effects
Understanding of social care principles
Ability to produce written reports & statistics to deadlines
Proven ability to network and build professional relationships
Ability to engage with and motivate service users in a way that values and respects their
Ability to work on own initiative
Highly developed people skills
Ability to manage resources and work creatively
Working in a social care/community based setting
Experience of working with people ambivalent to change
Experience of undertaking comprehensive assessments
Experience of planning and implementing care packages
Experience of representing client’s progress within a professional setting, to include the
writing and presenting of reports
Experience of providing advice, guidance and counselling
Experience of working with multi agency partnerships
NQF level 4 (and above) Professional Diploma Qualification in Welfare, Youth Community,
Substance Misuse, Health and Social Care, Counselling, or similar relevant discipline is
The above attributes are essential criteria without which a candidate would not
normally be short listed for interview.
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Terms of Employment
Salary £22689 per annum
Hours of work 35 hours per week
Annual Leave The post holder will be entitled to 4.8 weeks annual leave in
the first year of employment and 6 weeks thereafter, plus all
bank and statutory holidays.
Sick Pay (OSP) The post holder will after six months service receive an
allowance of four weeks full pay and four weeks half pay;
after one years service six weeks full pay and six weeks
half pay; (less statutory sick pay); within each period of
12 months commencing on the first day of sickness
Allowances Expenses for travel whilst on NECA business are claimable, in
the case of car mileage according to the prevailing rate set by
the Inland Revenue, and in the case of public transport, at
cost. Staff who agree to use their car must have insurance
cover which includes business use.
Stakeholder Pension You have the option to join a Stakeholder Pension Scheme
with Scottish Widows. In addition to your contribution, NECA
will contribute 3% of your salary.
NECA is an organisation which is exempt from the spent convictions clauses of the
Rehabilitation Of Offenders Act
NECA aims to be an equality and diversity employer
NECA reserves the right to amend or add to Job Descriptions
Health Care Benefit You have the option to join BUPA. There is no direct cost,
although this benefit incurs a taxable payment. In addition the
provision exists to include dependents, the cost to the
employee varies according to individual circumstances of the
Death In Service Benefit Lump sum payment of two times salary.
(Eligibility age 18 to 65. Post 65 subject to Deferred
Childcare Voucher You have the option to participate by salary sacrifice.
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